Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions as his stage name goes, has proved to be one of OWSLA’s most promising new talents. The Santa Barbara DJ/producer took over Sacramento last week with the help of Tritonal and Topher Jones for Midnite Events’ annual Give Back show, throwing down a 75 minute set of riveting dubstep, house and trance offerings. Dancing Astronaut had the chance to catch up with Montalvo for an interview after his performance, providing us insight into his set and production. Click past the break for a full set review with commentary from Seven Lions. (more…)Posted by
Ultra Music Festival stands alone, distant from the EDCs of the world, as the landmark event for every DJ that graces the decks of its stages. Much like how football fans have the instinctual ability to recall the stars and game changing plays of Superbowls past, electronic fans will, naturally, always remember their favorite artists, the corresponding set list and major moments from any given year at Ultra.
Headliners of the annual festival share the same glory as Superbowl MVPs, but it’s also the opportunity for dance music rookies to find their breakthrough with one everlasting set, to be remembered in the same vein as the Superbowl rookie who becomes immortalized with one historic catch. With hundreds of DJs slated to perform at Ultra this year, we take a narrow look at the members of the freshman class who are due to establish themselves under the South Beach sun this March.
While the Coyote Kisses Cover won the community pick for the Beatport Play remix contest of Seven Lions‘ ”Days to Come,“ it was AU5 & I.Y.F.F.E. who took the overall honors for best remix. Hand-selected for the grand prize by Seven Lions himself, AU5 & I.Y.F.F.E.’s remix of “Days to Come” is a heavier drumstep take on Jeff Montalvo’s dreamy dubstep single. Completely reworking the melody and increasing the tempo to a more invigorating pace, AU5 & I.Y.F.F.E.’s take on “Days to Come” is menacing yet melodic. Those with an appetite for adrenaline will enjoy this rendition. Pick up the recently released OWSLA-sponsored remix on Beatport today.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
As a holiday treat for his adoring fans, Seven Lions has given away his ‘Deep Mix’ of “Isis” for free. The original mix of “Isis” was part of Seven Lion’s debut Polarized EP back in April. With its haunting choral voices and ethnic wind instruments, “Isis” is undoubtedly one of Seven Lions’ most unique dubstep productions to date. The ‘Deep Mix’ of “Isis” has pervaded many of Seven Lions’ live sets for some time now. In contrast to the original, the ‘Deep Mix’ VIP, or variation in production, employs an entirely new second drop. The enveloping, masterfully-layered second drop of the ‘Deep Mix’ is further evidence of Seven Lions’ deft ability to create ethereal, dreamlike soundscapes. Pick up the ‘Deep Mix’ of “Isis” for free from SoundCloud.
Well, as predicated by the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Unfortunately, only one of us is John Cusack, so the rest of us have no choice but to party into oblivion. At least we can thank the Mayans for conceding doomsday to a Friday. To accompany Armageddon, we have provided a list of tunes that will add appropriate theme music to the backdrop of imminent annihilation. Hopefully, you can find consolation in their uplifting message. Godspeed.
With the release of his multi-genre Days to Come EP on Skrillex‘s acclaimed OWSLA label, Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions as he is known, has proved himself to be one of the most promising new talents of 2012. With his well-known affinity for trance, it’s no surprise that Montalvo has chosen to remix “Days Turn into Nights” off Delerium’s new Music Box Opera album, nor that he cites the group as one of his biggest influences. In the same vein as “She Was” off Days to Come, the Seven Lions remix of “Days Turn into Nights” is midtempo gone mellifluous. Roaring bass precedes Michael Logen’s tranquil vocals, followed by an emphatic, radiant drop in typical Seven Lions fashion. Pick up the track from Beatport today.
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A healthy blend of cloudstep, spacerock, and glitterpunk, the Coyote Kisses’ cover of Seven Lions is a mellifluous and multifarious symphony of sound. Between Bryce’s classical piano training and Sussingham’s guilty pleasure guitar riffs, Coyote Kisses transformed “Days To Come” into nothing short of a Headphone concerto. The adaptation focused on incorporating live instrumentation so it seemed only natural to deem it a cover. These Coyotes are fresh off snatching the top prize in Mad Decent’s “Titan” remix contest this September, and are leading the pack in Seven Lions’ Beatport contest. If you enjoy the glitterstep, don’t forget to cast your vote.Posted by
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the EDM acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe house music. It’s the least we can do.
The rapidly rising producer known as Seven Lions has been establishing himself with a deep and distinct sound ever since joining Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint. Undeniable talent aside, his career catalyst was his epic win of Beatport’s 2011 remix contest for his Above & Beyond rework, “You Got To Go.”
One year later, Seven Lions is giving upcoming artists the same life-changing opportunity that he was blessed with, launching a remix contest for the lead track off his recent EP, “Days To Come.” The winner of the contest will receive a grand prize package from Beatport and will have his or her remix release by OWSLA. Submit your remixes before the contest ends on November 26th, and don’t forget to watch the video for “Days To Come” below the break .
Contest Details: Beatport